Jason Phu

Jason Phu

b. 1989, Sydney, Australia
Lives and works in Melbourne, Australia


Jason Phu’s multi-disciplinary practice brings together a wide range of, sometimes contradictory, references from traditional ink paintings and calligraphy to mass-produced objects, everyday vernacular to official records, personal narratives to historical events. Working across drawing, installation, painting and performance, the artist frequently uses humour as a device to explore experiences of cultural dislocation.

Phu studied at COFA, Sydney graduating with honours in 2011 and also studied at NSCAD, Nova Scotia. Phu’s work has been informed by several China-based residencies at CAFA, Beijing; DAC Studios, Chongqing; and Organhaus, Chongqing. He has had numerous solo exhibitions in Australia including Westspace, Melbourne; CCAS Gorman Arts Centre, Canberra; and ALASKA Projects, Sydney; ACE Open, Adelaide. Last year (2018) he showed in the Dobell Drawing Biennale at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, The Burrangong Affray at the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and Primavera 2018 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

Phu is represented by Chalk Horse, Sydney and Station Gallery, Melbourne

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Born 1989, Sydney, Australia

Lives and works in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia


Commenced Masters of Fine Arts (Research), University of New South Wales, College of Fine Arts
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours), University of New South Wales, College of Fine Arts
Fine Art Exchange, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design

Selected Solo Exhibitions

I was born under a stone mountain, STATION | Melbourne
Procession in the warming light/Procession in the rising darkness, Sydney Opera House, Art Assembly
 Commission, ANTIDOTE Festival, Sydney
Real Real #5, Campbelltown Arts Centre, NSW

The faces of Guanxiu’s sixteen friends, the luohans of his feverish dreams, Vermillion Art, Sydney 

I wake up from my midday naps with a terrible thirst, Chalk Horse, Sydney
By Hand: Rediscovering the Art of Printmaking, De La Salle, College of Santi Benilde, Manilla 

In the past there were moments of peace, in the future there will be less, when we died there is sleep, Alaska
 Projects, Sydney 

My parents met at the fish market, West Space 2017 Commission, presented at ACE Open, Adelaide

The fruit was sweeter then, the fish were more plentiful, Alaska Projects, Sydney
My parents met at the fish market, West Space Commission, Melbourne 

A shrine for the horse headed god of safe travels and a shrine for the pig headed god of celebration, Underbelly Arts Festival, National Art School, Sydney
Lesser saints and the demons they carry, Art Fairs Australia, Barangaroo Commission, Sydney
Love in all its facets exists in hell. Gonoharea, Syphillus. Chlamydia ring my bell, Art Fairs Australia, Sydney Contemporary Commission
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Selected Solo Exhibitions

Jason Phu in Footscray, Due West Arts Festival, Melbourne
Funny dumb weird haha cardboard mask workshop, Kid Contemporary, Sydney Contemporary
Videos of my parents, Prototype, online video
Our Common Bond, May Space, Sydney 

Stop Peeping, Cement Fondu, Sydney
Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
The Burrangong Affray, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney
Meditations on a bone, Heide Museum of Art, Melbourne
Brett Whitely Scholarship Show, Brett Whitely Studio, Sydney
Thinking it through, Peacock Gallery, Sydney
Invitational Show, Home@735 Art Gallery, Sydney
Bowerbird: Clinton Bradley and the Art of Collecting, Western Plains Cultural Centre, NSW
Play Back Dobell Drawing Biennale, AGNSW, Sydney
Auto Body Works, Arts Project Australia, VIC
Human Jerky, Verge Gallery, Sydney 

ICI, Alaska Projects, Sydney 

Awards, Scholarships, Residencies

Animal Logic Studios Artist-in-Residency, Sydney (forthcoming)
Gertrude Contemporary Studio Program, Melbourne

Artist in Residence, Newington College, Sydney
Mark Silverberg Editions Lithography Residency, Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Art Gallery of NSW

Bathurst Regional Gallery
Art Bank
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